Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors governs policy and direction, ensures financial stability, and assists with the leadership and general promotion of Housing Long Beach so as to support the organization’s mission and needs. We pride ourselves of having a well-rounded board that represents the diversity of Long Beach.


Cynde Soto,  Board President

Cynde is a longtime Long Beach community advocate.  Born with Arthrogyposis, a connective tissue disorder that significantly limits her physical movement, she became a disability rights advocate at the age of 20, now with over 30 years of experience.

After graduating from Cal State Long Beach with a BFA in Art, Cynde became an employee of the Independent Living Center in Long Beach. Now working as a Systems Change Advocate, Cynde’s job enables her to work for positive policy change concerning people with disabilities.

Cynde’s involvement with HLB began in 2008, ensuring that accessible housing was a priority for our affordable housing message.  She is a graduate of the HLB Leadership Academy, and visited Washington D.C. in May 2012 with other HLB leaders to discuss housing issues with Long Beach Members of Congress.

One of Cynde’s many interests includes producing artwork made of “found objects” which have been displayed through Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Hospital. In her own words, “I’ve been asked, ‘why collect broken junk?’ Well, I can relate to these broken and discarded objects as a person with a disability. Someone has decided that the objects I find are no longer useful because they don’t look or function like they used to or should.  I, on the other hand, can see their innate beauty and usefulness. Much of society has decided that people with disabilities are dispensable and useless so I feel compelled, driven even, to collect broken discarded objects to organize into beautiful useful artwork. I live my life not as a broken person, but as a useful and integral part of our community.”



Sandra Kroll, Secretary

Sandy was born, raised, and educated in Wisconsin. She spent her adult life in other states: briefly in Utah and Minnesota, and then fifty years in California.  She retired from teaching after more than 30 years in Long Beach schools, and is now heavily involved in her church and community groups, such as the Long Beach Area Coalition for the Homeless (LBACH), Friends of the Long Beach Library, and the Greater Long Beach Interfaith Community Organization (ICO).  It was her church that led her to ICO, which led her to LBACH, which led her to HLB.  Sandy is widowed and has one daughter, who lives in San Diego. Sandy loves the culture of Long Beach. She feels privileged to live in a city with such great diversity, weather, and the overall community feeling.

Jon Argenziano

A newcomer to Long Beach, Jon has spent over 20 years advocating for people with disabilities, the homeless and lower income individuals and families.  He opened Argenziano Disability Law, a firm dedicated to helping people obtain Social Security Disability benefits, here in Long Beach in 2013. Since coming to California from Boston in 2006, he worked in other Social Security advocacy firms and in Boston, advocated for People Living with HIV (PLHIV), the LGBTQ community and homeless youth.  He began his legal career in public interest law at Rhode Island Legal Services, handling public benefits and landlord-tenant matters.  During law school Jon spent a semester studying in London, interning at Interights, a Human Rights Advocacy Group. The summer after his second year he worked with ABLE (Advocates for Basic Legal Equality), providing legal assistance to migrant farmworkers in northwestern Ohio.  Jon earned his undergraduate degree in International Relations with a concentration in Latin American Studies. He spent his junior year studing in Lima, Peru.  His experience in Latin America began when he spent his high school years in Guadalajara, Jalisco, México.   Jon is thrilled to return to the grassroots advocacy world through Housing Long Beach!

Khanny Long Ou

Khanny Long Ou was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and studied at St. Paul College in Manila, Philippines. She came to the United States in 1979. She has lived in Long Beach, California, for six years, and has worked at Disabled Resources Center, Inc. (DRC), which is also located in Long Beach, for almost eighteen years. Her job focuses on empowering people with all disabilities, so that they can live independently in the community, to make their own decisions concerning their lives, and to advocate on their own behalf. From 1983 until the present time, she has remained active in the Cambodian expatriate community, not only in Long Beach, but also throughout the United States and internationally. Through her ongoing activism, she strives to encourage people to stand up for their individual human rights and fight for peace and freedom in Cambodia. Currently she serves as a Board Member of OMNI (Our Mutual National Interest), which is headquartered in Washington, D.C. Additionally, she is a Board Member of HLB (Housing of Long Beach). In conjunction with her human rights activism, she continues to travel extensively, not only in the United States, but also in Asia and Europe.